“Lifel1k3” by Jay Kristoff
Source: Shelflove Crate
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction
On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.
Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it off, she’s discovered she can destroy electronics with the power of her mind, and the puritanical Brotherhood are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.
But when Eve discovers the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic conscience, Cricket, in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, infiltrate towering megacities and scour the graveyard of humanity’s greatest folly to save the ones Eve loves, and learn the dark secrets of her past.
Even if those secrets were better off staying buried
I’m sure if I just missed it when I bought the book but I’m totally digging the Anastasia vibes to the story. It’s hinted at but never overwhelms the story which was nice.
This was my first solo Kristoff book and I’m glad I enjoyed it as much as I did. It appears that his solo writing can be intense so I’m glad it worked for me.
The story was truly fabulous and certainly never dull. Kristoff creates this brutal world that you can’t help but want to know more about. Robot and android technology is something that will likely be in our not-so distant future. Exploring the ideas of freedom and exactly what makes someone a ‘person’ are endlessly fascinating topics for me.
I typically don’t care for time jumping in a story but found the then and now story lines to be great. I never wanted to leave either time but was eager to learn more about the other story.
Non-human characters can occasionally be dry or dull. Not so with with Lifel1k3. The robots and androids manage to have distinct and realistic personalities full of snark and sass. Obviously, snarky robots/androids are the best robots/androids.
The end really does knock the book out of the park. Without spoilers, it elevates the story to an entire different level. I can’t wait to see what DEV1AT3 has to bring to the table.